Take advantage of seasonal flight and hotel bargains, cultural must-dos and Mediterranean warmth with a low season break to Palma de Mallorca
With return airfares from under £40 per person from London, temperatures nudging a warm 18°C, plus some seasonal festivities for a cultural fix; Palma de Mallorca offers the ideal autumn and winter city break. Top seasonal picks include:
Flight bargains and hotel deals on cool-crowd favourites
The cooler months offer some of the best opportunities to secure a room in Palma’s most sought-after hotels. Not only is availability better, but the cost of an overnight stay is less too, with several hotels offering off-peak deals. Airfares also dip, with Ryanair flights from just £9 and Easyjet £20 at selected times during in the winter months.
Christmas markets, street performances and nativity trails
Festes Nadal, Palma’s annual Christmas season, launches on 28 November with a spectacular illumination switch-on at Casal Solleric. Against the backdrop of sparkling lights, local musicians and street performers will stage a live show of song, dance and acrobatics. Following the launch, a six-week, city-wide programme of cultural and gastronomic festivities will bring Palma’s streets alive with festive beats. The city’s many markets will also embrace the yuletide theme with handicrafts, tree decorations and Christmas gifts galore.
Open daily from 10:00 until 21:00, most of the stalls are found around Plaça Major and Plaça d’Espanya, with others in Via Roma and along the Rambla. There are also ‘Betlems’ (Nativity scenes) all around the town centre, the main one located in front of Palma’s town hall at Plaça Cort.
Cycle Tour in the winter sun
Make the most of the pleasant winter climate with city tour by bike. From tapas trails to wine tasting, operators (from €14 a day), offer a range of guided options. Or, for those looking to cycle solo, one of the best routes is along the coastal Paseo Marítimo. One of Palma’s main promenades, it runs right around the Bay of Palma, and its designated bike lanes means it’s really safe and easy to navigate whilst enjoying the wonderful views of the city and sea.
Street Art Sightseeing
In October and November, Es Baluard, (Palma’s contemporary art museum) and renowned Spanish department store, El Corte Inglés, have teamed up to offer two-hour guided tours of the museum and public works of art in Palma, for €3 (£2.70) per person, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12pm. The price includes a post tour coffee or soft drink. Pre-book at [email protected] The museum also offers its own guided tours all year round.
Marvel at the Catherdal’s rose-tinted Gothic Eye during the winter solstice spectacle
Omnipresent over the city and steeped in eight centuries of history is the capital’s La Seu Cathedral. At almost 14 metres in diameter with 24 triangles and 1236 glass pieces, it has one of the largest rose windows in the world. Known as ‘The Gothic eye’, morning visitors can see sunlight flooding all seven rose windows. However twice a year on November 11 and February 2, if the sky is clear and the sun bright, a fabulous light reflection is cast from the main rose window – a result of the mathematical design that ties in with the Winter Solstice catedraldemallorca.org
Party on in January at Palma’s Fiesta de Sant Sebastià
One of Mallorca’s biggest festivals, the Fiesta de Sant Sebastià is a unique winter festival taking place each January in Palma de Mallorca. Traditionally celebrated to honour the city’s patron saint, Sant Sebastià, the fiestas see locals and visitors alike shake off the winter blues and indulge in huge outdoor barbecues, spectacular firework and light displays and lashings of cultural tradition.
The celebrations span two weeks, although the big night is on the 19th, the day of Saint Sebastian when a big bonfire is lit at the Plaça Major to mark the beginning of the festivities. Giants and the Drac Na Coca, a dragon, parade across the square to the music of the traditional ‘xeremiers’ or bagpipe players. This is also when the ‘revetlla’ takes place, a music event that fills up all the squares of Palma with free concerts. Another very popular event is the ‘Correfoc’, a fire run that takes place on the 21st January.